Play-off Semi-Final Preview: Wigan v Huddersfield

Wigan head into the first of the play-off semi-finals with an unchanged squad from the group which triumphed over Castleford last week.

The Warriors are unbeaten at the DW Stadium this season, and they have also won all three of their games against the Giants in 2015.

Their solitary home defeat came in the Challenge Cup against Hull KR, and that was played at the Leigh Sports Village.

Matty Bowen and Joe Burgess will be saying farewell to the Wigan fans before heading for pastures new, with this being their final game at the DW.

Huddersfield include Chris Bailey and Jake Conner, who come in for Kruise Leeming and Daniel Smith.

The Giants have never reached a Super League Grand Final before.

Wigan (19-man squad): Bateman, Bowen, Burgess, Charnley, Clubb, Crosby, C Farrell, L Farrell, Flower, Gildart, Manfredi, McIlorum, Mossop, O’Loughlin, Patrick, Powell, Smith, Tomkins, Williams

Huddersfield (19-man squad): Grix, McGillvary, Cudjoe, Wardle, Murphy, Brough, Robinson, Crabtree, Huby, Ferres, Hughes, Bailey, Lawrence, Kopczak, Ta’ai, Broughton, Ellis, Connor, Roberts.

Stats:

Dominic Crosby needs one appearance to reach 100 for his career. Crosby has played 82 games for Wigan since 2012, to go with loan/dual-registration appearances for Widnes (13 games, 2011), South Wales Scorpions (3 games, 2012-2013) and Leigh (1 game, 2013).

Craig Kopczak is one appearance away from 200 (115 for Bradford, 2006-2012 and 84 for Huddersfield, 2013-2015)

Jermaine McGillvary is three tries away from 100 (97 for Huddersfield, 2010-2015). He has also scored tries in the Giants’ last seven matches (2-2-1-2-4-1-1)

Huddersfield’s Jamie Ellis (1-1-1-1-1) has scored tries in the Giants’ last five matches.

Super League Summary:

Wigan won 26 (includes wins in 2013 and 2014 play-offs)
Huddersfield won 14
Wigan highest score: 68-6 (H, 2000) (also widest margin)
Huddersfield highest score: 48-16 (H, 2009) (also widest margin)

Last 10 Meetings:

Wigan 30, Huddersfield 22 (SLS8-R1, 6/8/15)
Huddersfield 18, Wigan 32 (SLR17, 7/6/15)
Wigan 24, Huddersfield 16 (SLR2, 13/2/15)
Wigan 57, Huddersfield 4 (SLQPO, 18/9/14)
Huddersfield 31, Wigan 22 (SLR15, 29/5/14)
Wigan 8, Huddersfield 24 (SLR1, 7/2/14)
Huddersfield 8, Wigan 22 (SLQPO, 12/9/13)
Wigan 12, Huddersfield 30 (SLR24, 9/8/13)
Huddersfield 22, Wigan 10 (SLR3, 16/2/13)
Huddersfield 12, Wigan 32 (SLR14, 18/5/12)

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